2 Chronicles 7:11-22
God, Heal Our Land!
“I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices. When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.” (vv. 12-16)
The Temple in all its glory is completed. The dreams of the previous generations of God’s people were finally fulfilled. There it stood in all its magnificence. The glory of the Lord filled the place and the people rejoiced.
God speaks to Solomon. His words are words of warning and promise. The warnings sounded out, “Don’t neglect so great an opportunity.” God’s promise, “I am here and I will hear and respond to your prayers for help and salvation. But, come to me in obedience and trust.”
We hear these words and apply them to our land. But listen, we, who are Jesus’ followers, are the Temple of the living God. Our God dwells with us and in us. We hear these words and we recognize we are called to humble ourselves. We are called to come before God confessing our need for his mercy and grace. We are to come offering our lives as living sacrifices to the one, who has come to live in us! Paul writes: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship” (Romans 12:1).
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